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Contractual wages and salaries

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The index of wages according to collective labour agreements measures the evolution of wages and salaries (per employee or per hour) determined by contractual provisions set by collective agreements; the indices are calculated with reference to the fixed employment structure of the base period (December 2010).

At the end of December 2018 the coverage rate (share of national collective agreements in force for the wage setting aspects) was 75.8 per cent in terms of employees and 77.4 per cent in terms of the total amount of wages.

In December 2018 the hourly index was unchanged and the per employee index increased by 0.1 per cent from last month.

Compared with December 2017 the hourly index increased by 1.7 per cent while the per employee index rose by 1.8 per cent.

In 2018 the annual average hourly index increased by 1.4 per cent and the per employee index by 1.5 per cent compared to 2017.

Reference period: October-December 2018

Date of Issue: 31 January 2019

Next release: 29 April 2019

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